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Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine

The Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (MERLN) strives to maintain a leading position in the field of biomedical engineering by combining creative research with training an interdisciplinary generation of scientists. MERLN’s activities operate at the interface of biology and engineering and aim to maximise outreach at the level of public involvement, development, and the commercialisation of research. MERLN’s vision is based on sharing knowledge, infrastructure, and ambition.


Research at MERLN is focused on developing novel and challenging technologies to advance the field of tissue and organ repair and regeneration. The strategy focuses on the development of “smart” biomaterials to facilitate tissue repair in the body, the fabrication of 3D constructs for tissue growth out of the body, the self-assembly of cells, and the creation of lab- and organ-on-a-chip devices. The primary focus of the research activities is on connective tissue repair and regeneration.


MERLN’s scientists are involved in educational activities within different undergraduate and graduate programmes. Their expertise lies in biology, materials science, and engineering, with emphasis on biomedical applications including regenerative medicine.

  • REGMED launch

    Launch new institute for regenerative medicine

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    RegMed XB is the new institute for regenerative medicine

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  • Directed self-organisation of stem cells into tissues

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Researchers at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine at Maastricht University have developed a smarter method for growing human tissues in laboratories. This method cleverly stimulates the natural self-organising capacity of stem cells to form complex tissues.

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  • Major European grant for professor Clemens van Blitterswijk

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    Clemens van Blitterswijk, professor of Complex Tissue Regeneration at Maastricht University, has been awarded the most prestigious European research grant for individual researchers: the ERC Advanced Investigator Grant.

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  • Clemens van Blitterswijk appointed member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    The Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) has appointed Maastricht University's Clemens van Blitterswijk as one of its newest members.

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  • Professor Clemens van Blitterswijk wins 2015 Huibregtsen Prize

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    Professor Clemens van Blitterswijk has won the 2015 Huibregtsen Prize.

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  • ESB Best Doctoral Thesis for Aurélie Carlier

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    The European Society of Biomechanics has awarded Aurélie Carlier with the Best Doctoral Thesis in Biomechanics.

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  • King visits UM institute MERLN

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Today His Majesty King Willem-Alexander paid a working visit to the UM Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (MERLN).

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